Alas, whatever self-assurance Threet had entering spring practice was disappearing quickly. Sophomore Brock Osweiler was playing at a torrid pace during the spring sessions while Threet, admittingly feeling the pressure of the expectations couldn't match the underclassmen's play until later that period.
At the end of spring Osweiler wasn't leading Threet by a country mile but suffice to say that at the start of fall camp it was likely that the starting role was Osweiler's to lose…and he did…bringing the quarterback battle full circle from earlier this year.
Thursday's session, albeit without pads, showcased the best Threet has to offer. Crisp passing, quick and correct decision making and a presence which make his look every bit the part of the Sun Devils' starting quarterback.
"I definitely feel more confident in the offense now than I did earlier in camp," Threet confessed following Thursday's practice. "We had 24 practices and it was good to work through the mistakes, keep on getting reps and keep on getting better. That's what it takes."
Threet noted that trusting his reads was the trait he noticed the biggest improvement in from the beginning of camp until now.
"I'm letting the offense come to me," Threet explained, "instead of trying to always make plays and force the ball in. I'm sitting back and just dealing it out."
As a redshirt freshman at the University of Michigan Threet played in 11 games, with eight starts, and led the Wolverines with 1,105 passing yards while completing 51 percent of his pass attempts. He threw for nine touchdowns and seven interceptions, and also ran for 201 yards on 76 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns in the 2008 season.
The Adrain, Mich. transferred from his hometown school in part because he didn't feel comfortable running the spread offense scheme that was being implemented by then first-year Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez. Some may find it ironic that these days the signal caller is guiding a spread offense again, a system being implemented by ASU's first-year offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone.
However, it should be noted that both schemes while sharing some common concepts are not mirror images of each other.
"There are some similarities in some of the plays that we run," Threet commented, "especially in the running game. But we throw the ball a lot more here and I don't run the ball quite as much as I did at Michigan. So there are some differences but ultimately everybody is just trying to score."
The quarterback battle in Tempe was a heated one and could certainly escalate again under specific circumstances. This position contest has naturally been the main story line of ASU's fall camp and discussed at length among the Sun Devil faithful for at least three weeks running. Nonetheless, Threet claimed that he didn't give that topic much thought at all during camp.
"I always say that we have enough competition with the defense trying to go against them," Threet said. "I'm just trying to come out, correct the mistakes I made before and not make any new ones hopefully."
Threet added that quarterback battle he had while he was a member of the Wolverines was dissimilar in nature.
"It was a different feel," Threet recalled. "I never played before and I really haven't been in a quarterback competition before. The expectations weren't nearly as much as it was back then. I feel like being older and gone through it before has definitely helped."
NFL Hall of fame quarterback Roger Staubach once said: "Confidence doesn't come out of nowhere. It's a result of something... hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication."
No one can relate better to that quote than Steven Threet.